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  use 'sindrets/diffview.nvim'


require "paq" { 


Single tabpage interface for easily cycling through diffs for all modified files for any git rev.



Vim's diff mode is pretty good, but there is no convenient way to quickly bring up all modified files in a diffsplit. This plugin aims to provide a simple, unified, single tabpage interface that lets you easily review all changed files for any git rev.



Install the plugin with your package manager of choice.

" Plug
Plug 'sindrets/diffview.nvim'
-- Packer
use 'sindrets/diffview.nvim'


-- Lua
local cb = require'diffview.config'.diffview_callback

require'diffview'.setup {
  diff_binaries = false,    -- Show diffs for binaries
  enhanced_diff_hl = false, -- See ':h diffview-config-enhanced_diff_hl'
  use_icons = true,         -- Requires nvim-web-devicons
  icons = {                 -- Only applies when use_icons is true.
    folder_closed = "",
    folder_open = "",
  signs = {
    fold_closed = "",
    fold_open = "",
  file_panel = {
    position = "left",            -- One of 'left', 'right', 'top', 'bottom'
    width = 35,                   -- Only applies when position is 'left' or 'right'
    height = 10,                  -- Only applies when position is 'top' or 'bottom'
    listing_style = "tree",       -- One of 'list' or 'tree'
    tree_options = {              -- Only applies when listing_style is 'tree'
      flatten_dirs = true,
      folder_statuses = "always"  -- One of 'never', 'only_folded' or 'always'.
  file_history_panel = {
    position = "bottom",
    width = 35,
    height = 16,
    log_options = {
      max_count = 256,      -- Limit the number of commits
      follow = false,       -- Follow renames (only for single file)
      all = false,          -- Include all refs under 'refs/' including HEAD
      merges = false,       -- List only merge commits
      no_merges = false,    -- List no merge commits
      reverse = false,      -- List commits in reverse order
  default_args = {    -- Default args prepended to the arg-list for the listed commands
    DiffviewOpen = {},
    DiffviewFileHistory = {},
  key_bindings = {
    disable_defaults = false,                   -- Disable the default key bindings
    -- The `view` bindings are active in the diff buffers, only when the current
    -- tabpage is a Diffview.
    view = {
      ["<tab>"]      = cb("select_next_entry"),  -- Open the diff for the next file
      ["<s-tab>"]    = cb("select_prev_entry"),  -- Open the diff for the previous file
      ["gf"]         = cb("goto_file"),          -- Open the file in a new split in previous tabpage
      ["<C-w><C-f>"] = cb("goto_file_split"),    -- Open the file in a new split
      ["<C-w>gf"]    = cb("goto_file_tab"),      -- Open the file in a new tabpage
      ["<leader>e"]  = cb("focus_files"),        -- Bring focus to the files panel
      ["<leader>b"]  = cb("toggle_files"),       -- Toggle the files panel.
    file_panel = {
      ["j"]             = cb("next_entry"),           -- Bring the cursor to the next file entry
      ["<down>"]        = cb("next_entry"),
      ["k"]             = cb("prev_entry"),           -- Bring the cursor to the previous file entry.
      ["<up>"]          = cb("prev_entry"),
      ["<cr>"]          = cb("select_entry"),         -- Open the diff for the selected entry.
      ["o"]             = cb("select_entry"),
      ["<2-LeftMouse>"] = cb("select_entry"),
      ["-"]             = cb("toggle_stage_entry"),   -- Stage / unstage the selected entry.
      ["S"]             = cb("stage_all"),            -- Stage all entries.
      ["U"]             = cb("unstage_all"),          -- Unstage all entries.
      ["X"]             = cb("restore_entry"),        -- Restore entry to the state on the left side.
      ["R"]             = cb("refresh_files"),        -- Update stats and entries in the file list.
      ["<tab>"]         = cb("select_next_entry"),
      ["<s-tab>"]       = cb("select_prev_entry"),
      ["gf"]            = cb("goto_file"),
      ["<C-w><C-f>"]    = cb("goto_file_split"),
      ["<C-w>gf"]       = cb("goto_file_tab"),
      ["i"]             = cb("listing_style"),        -- Toggle between 'list' and 'tree' views
      ["f"]             = cb("toggle_flatten_dirs"),  -- Flatten empty subdirectories in tree listing style.
      ["<leader>e"]     = cb("focus_files"),
      ["<leader>b"]     = cb("toggle_files"),
    file_history_panel = {
      ["g!"]            = cb("options"),            -- Open the option panel
      ["<C-A-d>"]       = cb("open_in_diffview"),   -- Open the entry under the cursor in a diffview
      ["y"]             = cb("copy_hash"),          -- Copy the commit hash of the entry under the cursor
      ["zR"]            = cb("open_all_folds"),
      ["zM"]            = cb("close_all_folds"),
      ["j"]             = cb("next_entry"),
      ["<down>"]        = cb("next_entry"),
      ["k"]             = cb("prev_entry"),
      ["<up>"]          = cb("prev_entry"),
      ["<cr>"]          = cb("select_entry"),
      ["o"]             = cb("select_entry"),
      ["<2-LeftMouse>"] = cb("select_entry"),
      ["<tab>"]         = cb("select_next_entry"),
      ["<s-tab>"]       = cb("select_prev_entry"),
      ["gf"]            = cb("goto_file"),
      ["<C-w><C-f>"]    = cb("goto_file_split"),
      ["<C-w>gf"]       = cb("goto_file_tab"),
      ["<leader>e"]     = cb("focus_files"),
      ["<leader>b"]     = cb("toggle_files"),
    option_panel = {
      ["<tab>"] = cb("select"),
      ["q"]     = cb("close"),

The diff windows can be aligned either with a horizontal split or a vertical split. To change the alignment add either horizontal or vertical to your 'diffopt'.

Most of the file panel mappings should also work from the view if they are added to the view bindings (and vice versa). The exception is for mappings that only really make sense specifically in the file panel, such as next_entry, prev_entry, and select_entry. Functions such as toggle_stage_entry and restore_entry work just fine from the view. When invoked from the view, these will target the file currently open in the view rather than the file under the cursor in the file panel.

Available Unused Mappings

This section documents key-mappable functions that are not mapped by default.

  • focus_entry
    • Like select_entry, but also bring the cursor to the right diff split. Available in both the file panel and the file history panel.

File History


The file history view allows you to list all the commits that changed a given file or directory, and view the changes made in a diff split. Open a file history view for your current file by calling :DiffviewFileHistory.


:DiffviewOpen [git rev] [args] [ -- {paths...}]

Calling :DiffviewOpen with no args opens a new Diffview that compares against the current index. You can also provide any valid git rev to view only changes for that rev. Examples:

  • :DiffviewOpen
  • :DiffviewOpen HEAD~2
  • :DiffviewOpen HEAD~4..HEAD~2
  • :DiffviewOpen d4a7b0d
  • :DiffviewOpen d4a7b0d..519b30e
  • :DiffviewOpen origin/main...HEAD

You can also provide additional paths to narrow down what files are shown:

  • :DiffviewOpen HEAD~2 -- lua/diffview plugin

For information about additional [args], visit the documentation.

Additional commands for convenience:

  • :DiffviewClose: Close the current diffview. You can also use :tabclose.
  • :DiffviewToggleFiles: Toggle the files panel.
  • :DiffviewFocusFiles: Bring focus to the files panel.
  • :DiffviewRefresh: Update stats and entries in the file list of the current Diffview.

With a Diffview open and the default key bindings, you can cycle through changed files with <tab> and <s-tab> (see configuration to change the key bindings).

:DiffviewFileHistory [paths]

Opens a new file history view that lists all commits that changed a given file or directory. If no [paths] are given, defaults to the current file. Multiple [paths] may be provided. If you want to view the file history for all changed files for every commit, simply call :DiffviewFileHistory . (assuming your cwd is the top level of the git repository).


  • Hide untracked files:
    • DiffviewOpen -uno
  • Exclude certain paths:
    • DiffviewOpen -- :!exclude/this :!and/this
  • Run as if git was started in a specific directory:
    • DiffviewOpen -C/foo/bar/baz
  • Diff the index against a git rev:
    • DiffviewOpen HEAD~2 --cached
    • Defaults to HEAD if no rev is given.

Restoring Files

If the right side of the diff is showing the local state of a file, you can restore the file to the state from the left side of the diff (key binding X from the file panel by default). The current state of the file is stored in the git object database, and a command is echoed that shows how to undo the change.